"We've finally entered an era where the Korean automakers have figured out how to tune a chassis (see our relatively warm regard for the latest Hyundai Elantra Sport), and the Accent team has wrung the finer attributes out of their front strut and torsion-beam rear suspension setups. No, this car isn't particularly sporty, but it acquits itself well in terms of balanced ride and handling, with a pleasant firmness (especially with the Limited's 17-inch wheels), a planted feel, and a steering wheel that offers information about the road surface. In our transit of southern Nevada highways and byways, we found the brakes to be sufficient yet leaving little impression, either positive or negative. Overall, we'd not call the Accent a driver's car, but we wouldn't call it a car built to disappoint drivers, either.
"It is difficult to be worked into a tizzy over the Accent, just as it's also pretty tough to feel insulted by Hyundai's latest entry-level car. It's an honest machine offering a solid value, inoffensive contemporary styling, decent dynamics, and a well-made, respectfully designed interior. But please, Hyundai, couldn't we have just a bit more torque?"
-- Davey G. Johnson, Car and Driver